The Human Body by Tinybop

Common Sense Media says

Animated, interactive learning tool about the human body.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are no formal lessons or games, so this app may be confusing for kids who like more directed play. For them, downloading the free instruction and ideas guide will be a must. The on-screen models of the human body's systems include interactive play but no written or verbal directions (unless inserted by an adult with the recording tool). The icons are understandable but sparse. A text-label option increases learning with more information.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

The urogenital system is available as an in-app purchase and includes labels for vagina and penis.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

When parents create a parent account, the app asks for an email address "to let you know about new apps when they're available." Also, you can purchase the urogenital system for 99 cents.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Tinybop's Safety, Privacy, and Terms is posted on its website, and the app collects no personally identifiable information from kids. Kids and parents are prompted to enter names and ages for each user account, but names can be aliases. Parents are prompted to enter an email address, but it's not required.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Human Body by Tinybop presents the human body's senses and organ systems as six interactive, animated, layered models (a seventh is available as a separate purchase). There's very little direction -- no verbal or written instructions -- although there is a free downloadable guide on the Tinybop website with instructions and ideas on how to use the app effectively. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Science

  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • investigation
  • part-whole relationships

Communication

  • asking questions

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Health & Fitness

  • body awareness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Beautiful, layered models with fun animations. Adding instructions or suggestions for how to explore models could increase engagement for kids who prefer more guided exploration.

Learning Approach

No formal games or activities. Mostly learning via free play. Kids can add commentary in record mode. Labels provide detailed anatomy and biology vocabulary. A handbook on the developer's website provides direction and ideas.

Support

Account allows parents and teachers to track multiple users' play. The 22-page downloadable handbook provides excellent ideas, extension activities, and resources.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Science

  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • investigation
  • part-whole relationships

Communication

  • asking questions

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Health & Fitness

  • body awareness

The Human Body by Tinybop is a creative and interactive way for kids to learn about the human body. They discover systems and senses and how they react to stimuli such as bug bites and tasty treats. Basic biology exploration can become more detailed if kids use the text label option. Kids also can learn to use technology to record their observations and thoughts on each model. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Kids get to peek inside the body with six models that highlight important structures such as bones, the heart, and the intestines. Kids can see how smelling flowers or being bitten by a mosquito sets off reactions that cause the brain to process sensory information. The heart beats, eyes synthesize visual information, and food digests. Kids can record audio observations or questions on each page.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

THE HUMAN BODY BY TINYBOP is an up-close and relevant way for kids to learn the senses and systems of the body. Younger kids can simply use freeplay to see what happens when they tap, swipe, or move different elements on the screen -- for example, eating food and brushing teeth. More advanced learners can read and learn formal names of body parts (like red blood cells and white blood cells) and record audio questions and observations. 

Kids who need more directed play may not feel comfortable and would benefit from a download of the free 22-page activity handbook. Beautiful models with creative interactivity help them learn about what's under the skin they're living in.

Families can talk about...

  • Download the guide for more detailed instructions, ideas, and resources.

  • Offer younger kids guidance to help them make the real-life connection between abstract models and their own bodies.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:August 23, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Science and nature
Size:325.00 MB
Publisher:Tinybop
Version:1.05
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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